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Old 03-24-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Anyone else using a CR spotless system?

I recently purchased one from Costco online and haven't had time to put it together. Wondering what others thought of these. Having a black colored car is a pain to wash during the summer time. I hope this helps.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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If you want the finish on your Black color ride then your on the right track in preventing water spots when washing your ride.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:59 PM   #3
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I recently purchased one from Costco online and haven't had time to put it together. Wondering what others thought of these. Having a black colored car is a pain to wash during the summer time. I hope this helps.
Which one did you get?
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:48 PM   #4
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Which one did you get?
DIC-20. I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Been raining here in L.A.
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DIC-20. I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Been raining here in L.A.

Please let us know when u do
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:57 PM   #6
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Please let us know when u do
Will do. Guess I'll take some pics as it dries in the sun.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #7
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I didn't get that system but I did get this from autogeek.net along with some Optimum No Rinse. I'm on well water with a lot of iron and sediment. I've only used it once but it seemed to do the job quite well.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:00 PM   #8
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Man DieHard that's a nice system. I might get something like that to remove the sediment.
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I have one and love it! If you use it with a pressure washer you will extend the life of the cartridges.
Enjoy it, it is worth it's weight in gold.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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I have one and love it! If you use it with a pressure washer you will extend the life of the cartridges.
Enjoy it, it is worth it's weight in gold.
That's a good idea. I have a gas powered pressure washer.
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I have the DIC-20 and it works great on my Black car. My water is terribly hard too. I probably get about 30 washes before I need to replace the Resin.

I was able to get replacement resin from windows101.com for a lot cheaper than on cr-spotless. They had 1 cu ft (3 dic-2- refills) for $95 (I got free shipping at the time too). I don't see it on their site anymore though (good thing I bought 4 bags :-) ). It was called "THERMAX Ion Exchange DI Resin 1cu ft" and it works exactly the same as the stuff you pay $245 for on cr-spotless.com.

There have also been people who have played around with "regenerating" used resin with some success but I don't know if its worth the effort. You can Google around for info on that.

I just use the hose with the DI water on the final rinse. As mentioned you could use a PW to be more efficient with the water. Just make sure you don't run too many gallons per minute through the system. The instructions should state the maximum GPM.
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DIC-20. I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Been raining here in L.A.
Will work well. Like a portable water softner. If folks have a water softner in their garage, they can add a water bib there and skip the DIC...if not this seems like a must unless you wash your car first or last light of the day. Or like Junkman and have a garage with a drain...how nice...
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Will work well. Like a portable water softner. If folks have a water softner in their garage, they can add a water bib there and skip the DIC...if not this seems like a must unless you wash your car first or last light of the day. Or like Junkman and have a garage with a drain...how nice...
CR-Spotless filtered water is not "softened water" - its deionized. There is a big difference :-).

I've tried washing my car from my softened water and it was still a mess.
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CR-Spotless filtered water is not "softened water" - its deionized. There is a big difference :-).

I've tried washing my car from my softened water and it was still a mess.
Hmm, they use the same deionizing resin as my water softner and mine seems to work Ok...may want to check your water softner...not a big difference...
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Hmm, they use the same deionizing resin as my water softner and mine seems to work Ok...may want to check your water softner...not a big difference...
Softened water will still contain some number of TDS (total dissolved solids) and this is what will cause spotting. Perhaps your TDS PPM is low. Mine is pretty high.

Deionized water will contain zero TDS.

Even when the CR-spotless resin wears down and gets over 15 PPM I start to see spotting.

I'm not expert - just reporting on what I've read and my own experiences so take what I say with a grain of salt :-)
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Softened water will still contain some number of TDS (total dissolved solids) and this is what will cause spotting. Perhaps your TDS PPM is low. Mine is pretty high.

Deionized water will contain zero TDS.

Even when the CR-spotless resin wears down and gets over 15 PPM I start to see spotting.

I'm not expert - just reporting on what I've read and my own experiences so take what I say with a grain of salt :-)
May be the whole house filter before my water softner?? I know the water softner does leave sodium ions in the exchange process....Hmm, would try the DIC but with space at a premium...hmmm

Is this one at Sams close to a dic 20? http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pr...oductId=124557
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May be the whole house filter before my water softner?? I know the water softner does leave sodium ions in the exchange process....Hmm, would try the DIC but with space at a premium...hmmm

Is this one at Sams close to a dic 20? http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pr...oductId=124557
It's close. The DIC-20 is two cartridges and has wheels to roll around.
http://crspotless.com/pgroup_descrip/6/4/
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:50 PM   #18
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Ok so I used it today. I have to say this thing works great. I rinsed my car off using the CR Spotless. No spotting at all. I did this about 5:00pm, in the sun in a black car. I also grabbed a micro fiber towel and did a half a$$ wipe and no spots. Car looks amazing.

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Old 04-04-2012, 12:09 AM   #19
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I have a customer with one in his garage which I use to maintain his cars through the colder months. Smells like fish.
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Yah the resin does smell like fish.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:29 AM   #21
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Yah the resin does smell like fish.
sorry to just jump into the topic but sick ride! Love your camaro
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